Christopher Long claims that he used live-tweeting in several lectures in his article.  He also says that he plans to continue to use live-tweeting in his future lectures; specifically the one coming up at his alma mater.

Long compares live-tweeting to interactive note taking.  He believes that it can heighten the attention of listeners and get them more involved in the conversation.  I agree with him that live-tweeting could get viewers more involved in a lecture; however, I also believe that getting on twitter in the middle of a lecture can be very distracting to someone and they may get side-tracked from the material in the lecture.

In this article written by Carolyn Thomas, she describes the issues that may occur because of live tweeting.  She claims to be a part of both sides of the live-tweeting spectrum.  She has live-tweeted a presentation before and has given presentations while people were live-tweeting. The problems she sees with live-tweeting are that before she even begins her lecture, her audience has their noses in their phones or laptops and they do not seem very engaged in the conversation.  Another problem that she has discovered is that some speakers need their audience to be engaged to have a successful presentation.  This is not possible if they are on their phones half of the time and not giving their undivided attention.

A good example of someone using live-tweeting in a beneficial way is Bernie Sanders live-tweeting the first GOP primary debate.  This article has a great video that shows how Sanders used live-tweeting.  He made a tweet about certain topics that were being discussed, so that his followers could see what his opinion on the subject was.  It was almost as if he was a part of the debate even though he was not actually speaking in it.  People could see his views on many different aspects of the presidential race.

Do you think that live-tweeting has a positive or negative effect on presentations, lectures, or other things?

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